Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tutorial #5: Thankful Mini Accordion Books

I'm not going to show you any of the Christmas things we made 'til after Thanksgiving.  You can see some of them in my Etsy shop.  I've been selling Christmas items there since July, but here I'm not decorating the blog or my house yet.  I did make an exception yesterday and hung a wreath & played Bing Crosby while we crafted.  We almost had to turn on the ac.  Today was much cooler.  And it's not supposed to rain until Tuesday -- when G'ma & G'pa get here... sorry about that!

My tutorial today is for another little accordion book.  This one I'm going to fill with little photos of people I'm thankful for, Scriptures, & other writings.  The finished book is about 3" square.  Very easy!

First cut a 3" x 12" strip of cardstock or double sided scrapbook paper.

Lightly score every 3" across.  Don't press too hard or you could cut through the paper.  Learned that the hard way.

You'll end up with a little accordion that looks like this:Of course, I have to ink every edge and fold with my favorite ink pad - chestnut roan chalk ink.I decorated the inside with squares of scrapbook paper that I cut a little smaller than 3" and punches.

Here's the cover of the book I'm keeping.  I cut a 3" x 3" square of the chocolate brown flocked paper and glued some crinkled seam binding across the front.
Then I glued the vintage paper shapes over the seam binding.  One thing I'm emphasizing right now is my own handwriting in my projects.  I like using all the different computer fonts I've collected but sometimes I think I want my kids, or grandkids, to someday find something that I actually wrote with my own hand.  I know those recipes that we have in Great's and Granny's handwriting are some of our most treasured memories of them.  :-)  So in the next few months you'll be seeing a lot of handwriting in my projects.  Here's how it turned out:
Here's the second book.  I glued on one of fall paper flowers from another tutorial.

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